Nation's Top Defensive Tackle To Announce Jan. 15

The nation's top interior defensive lineman plans to announce his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl next week in San Antonio, Tex.

Waynesboro, Miss.-–For Jerrell Powe the year has been a whirlwind as recruiting for the nation's top defensive tackle has been hectic to say the least. On Jan. 15 that will come to an end for the most part as Powe will make his choice public while at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Tex. He says that the decision will come down to one of five schools and he's happy to be getting it over with.

"It has been crazy," Powe tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm looking at Auburn, Nebraska, LSU, Ole Miss and Texas A&M." Powe has already visited Auburn back in late December for Auburn's bowl practices and plans to visit Ole Miss on Jan. 21 and LSU on Jan. 28, but those will come after his choice is made.

"I'll make my choice on Jan. 15 at the game," he says. "I'm just looking at the way the players and coaches have a relationship among one another and the players' relationships towards one another. Also the way they play as a team and somewhere I can go where they have the same attitude as me. I pretty much know who it is already."

Jerrell Powe

A 6-3, 325-pounder with amazing quickness for his size, Powe has been a dominant force for Wayne County High since his sophomore season. This year, despite constant double and triple teams, Powe finished with 75 tackles and seven sacks in 12 games. Those numbers and his impact on the game were good enough to earn him All-South honors by Countdown To Signing Day as well as first-team all-state honors in Mississippi. He was voted the team's MVP as well as finishing third in the voting for the state's Mr. Football Award this year.

In San Antonio, Powe will square off against some of the top players in the country both in practice with the East team and during the game. One of those will be a player he's very familiar with in Josh McNeil also from Mississippi. Considered by many to be the top center in the country, the Tennessee commitment is playing for the West despite being from the South and will be a good test for Powe. He says he's looking forward to the game.

"I'm excited about it," Powe says. "I want to see how I match up against some of the top players in the country. It's going to be fun."

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